Tip 1: Cut first, then boost
This may seem strange for a nonprofessional at mixing. Supposedly, in order to make the bass lower, engineer simply need to turn the low frequencies knob… And all he will get is just a duller bass, instead of the much-coveted mellow well-shaped sound, which is essential for the bass and expected by mixing mastering services clients. Those who have been running the audio services for at least a few years know about this rule and achieve fabulous results. Indeed, first, you need to cut and decrease the frequencies responsible for unimportant harmonics, and then you probably won’t even need to add anything. Boosting isn’t bad in principle; however, long-term experience confirms that you should start shaping the sound with the immediate addition of frequencies only if you are 100% sure it’s necessary.
Tip 2: Narrow or Wide
This tip expands the previous one in some way. Professional audio engineers experience has proven that if you need to amplify a particular frequency range in a song, a broad bandwidth will work well. However, cutting with a narrow bandwidth is also quite normal, as this resembles some kind of a surgery, when extra components are removed.
Tip 3: Bleed
There is no unanimous opinion about bleed telling whether it’s good or bad. In the context of equalization, it can become a source of trouble and force an online mixing engineer to search for trade-offs. For example, if a snare bleeds into guitars, any EQ manipulations will alter the sound of the snare. This can be partly fixed by setting the gate to trigger when the guitar becomes silent, so the bleed snare doesn’t make it into the main sound of the track.